I spent a wonderful day yesterday doing all the artistic things I like to do: research, observe, dream, imagine, observe some more, wonder why can’t….or why not …. Sketch. Explore and then organize a palette of vintage colors that captures the whimsy, freedom, and innocence of the particular era for my latest child’s sweater. Become totally happy when I find yarns I like at reasonable prices that match the palette I’ve put together. All the information gathered on styles, lines, cuts, etc…for a garment go into a file out there in the cloud world of computing, and onto a flash drive. This helps me keep table and desk tops free For drawing. And I love to draw.
The sketching is a Big Deal now. I sketch particular items like cuffs in detail if the knitted fabric pattern calls for it. I color my sketches and draw children wearing the knitted garment. These sketches have become little art works in themselves and I am toying with the idea of using these small pictures as part of the promo process of attracting knitters’ attentions to my patterns. Right now, I am teaching myself how to represent knitted fabric in drawings. I am also learning how to give the sweater existence in a certain time and space while keeping the focus on the knitted object.
My favorite part of designing is finding inspiration, research, observation, dreaming, imagining and asking why not. Nothing is on paper at this point, thus all possibilities are open. It’s a free feeling like driving a jeep with no top or doors on a gorgeous summer day.
Eventually a feature from something I collected on my design board will call to me. The start of the beginning of choices, selecting a path. Imagining and dreaming are still part of the process, but they hover closer to the ground as opposed to big fluffy clouds sailing over head on winds in the upper atmosphere.
I design with feelings in mind. I want my pieces of knitwear to speak to both knitter and wearer. I want to elicit an emotional response first. I’m looking to combine knitwear and art. Why not? Imagine having yarns in the colors of Monet’s waterlily paintings? Imaging reproducing that piece of art as a knitted sweater.
Yes, the favorite part of design is why not?